Not the actual train... photo: Craig Nagy via flickr.
While not a substitute for practical action, I'm a big fan of the symbolic, so this next one is pretty cool: The UNEP has just announced that a one-time train link between Kyoto and Copenhagen will be opened. The single carriage to run along the route will be driven by train operators from around the world and will carry "environmental experts and climate change campaigners":The whole thing is being done to further drive home the message that we absolutely need a global climate agreement, and that trains ought to be a big part of reducing emissions from transportation.
Private Car Emphasis is a Road to Nowhere
UNEP executive director Achim Steiner puts it rather bluntly and accurately,
We are on the road to nowhere if existing policies and economic models prevail with their over-emphasis on private cars and on shifting shipments of goods on the roads.
Japan to Denmark, by Way of Siberia
The train leaves Kyoto on the 5th of November, travels by ferry to Daejeon, South Korea and then again to Vladivostok. From there it will travel across Siberia, from where eye-witness accounts of climate change impacts will be sent. It will travel again by ferry across Lake Baikal. The remainder of the route passes through Moscow, Poznan, and Berlin, before arriving in Brussels on the 5th of December.
Once in Brussels it will connect with the Climate Express for the final journey to Copenhagen, which will be entirely powered by renewable energy.
If you're in Copenhagen for COP15, the Climate Express will remain in Copenhagen Central Station for the duration of the conference, serving as a mobile exhibition of sustainable transport solutions.